When the kawaii nekomimmi says it’s time to start…
Hey, it’s my turn to take the Full Dive this week, so without further ado…Link Start!
Buying into the Program?
Does this face say, “I’m getting tired of your bullshit” or “Tell me more”?
After a brief reintroduction to the major plot point last episode, that Death Gun is more than likely a player from SAO, and is very much a member of Laughing Coffin if that is likely. This character also has keen interest in the name Kirito, and promises to kill him. With this in mind, Kirito is determined to find out what handle he is operating under during BoB3…and to meet him head on? From here we go to preparations for the finals of the whole tournament. Fairly straightforward as both finalists and hangers-on talk the talk about wagers, dark horse entries, and stats and equipment. But as could be expected all that shop talk goes away once Kirito-chan enters the scene. Geez, fellas…some control please! But who can blame them when he/she goes all moe moe kyun on them.
Moe Moe Kyun?
OK, does anyone really believe for a second that Kirito came in unprepared? The organizers even sent all finalists an email. My guess is that he was playing this just to get on the same page with Sinon on at least two levels. One was to get back into her basic mindframe in how she understands what she’s doing and how she can explain it. Because he wants to keep her close, again for at least two reason. Second, to provide a lead into what he really wants to know. The newest players. With that cursory view, we have Gunner X, and Pale Rider, along with the mild ominous pause “Sterben”.
Tell you what, you tell me what form of block this is in comments, OK?
“I’m not supposed to ask that, am I?” I have this love/hate relationship with the first rule of SAO is that you do not talk about SAO. On one hand, it’s necessary to shield those that went thru the death game from over-scrutiny. But on the other, it rather leaves them feeling isolated. Alot of the conversation between them could have been very enlightening for both had he been able to flat out say he was in SAO, rather than having her suspect.
The Whole Sandwich
<insert obligatory BOOM HEAD SHOT here>
So with the lead in to the Big Show out of the way, we get on to the Big Show itself. As far as MMO’s go, it feels fairly perfunctory to me. But then, I’m not as big a gamer as many on Metanorn possible are. In fact, I’m not one at all. At least the console, PC kind. I stick to analog. It’s a well detailed map with a device that gives limited information about player locations. It feels like it’s enough to give even the clueless a halfway decent chance. Or you could just be perched Richie. But for my money, the map was the bread, and everything else was the fillings.
Oh, great, it’s Boondock Saints
First, Perched Richie. Yeah, we hate that guy don’t we? Dyne. I just felt, by his positioning, he was destined to fail against whomever came along. Pale Rider. I’m having a hard time with this guy. Holy Crap! That guy is just too darn freaky. I do love that shotgun of his though. But then the cream was Kirito stealthing Sinon out. And yeah, she gave in pretty quick to his demands.
Which leaves us with the sudden and pretty much expected appearance of Death Gun. I rather like the gun Silent Assassin. It’s a damn game breaker, leaving out those pesky predictive lines. And on stun, it’s good for pesky acrobatic freaks. So who is he, the player with the awesome gun, Gunner X or mild ominous pause “Sterben”? They spent enough time on it to warrant at least a small discussion. Also I love how Kirito has to beg Sinon to take the shoot at Death Gun, pulling her from that moment of gun porn. I mean, she’ll take the shot, you know she will. But….
…speaking of porn?
<caption contest in the form of Bevis and Butthead>
But I would be remiss to not point out that on two occasions Sinon could have been able to say, “F this” to Kirito and just shoot his ass. Instead she listens to him and gets caught up in his program. There’s a part of me that is looking way forward, and that part of me things that Sinon herself will be key in taking Death Gun down. How much she buys into his program may be the bread and butter of that showdown. What did you folks think?